Issue: May 2007


Testing Expert Verifies Gas Mileage Improvement Claims of Tornado Air Management Systems in the Figh



by Rob White

With more than 25 years in the automotive testing field, Larry Swiencki has tested nearly 300 automotive devices that claim to improve fuel economy. But he says only 10 of those devices have shown promise, including the fuel savings claims of Tornado Air Management Systems.

Swiencki, who has worked at EPA- and CARB-recognized emission testing facilities, has tested Tornado using a dynamometer in the lab using 4, 6, and 8 cylinder vehicles following EPA test protocols. "Overall, lab testing on Tornado showed a seven to 13 percent change in fuel economy," said Swiencki from lab testing he has conducted on Tornado. "The results speak for themselves."

Using a disciplined approach in the lab, Swiencki says dynamometer testing is the most accurate testing method available. He has been involved in emission testing since 1978 and has worked for General Motors, Olson Engineering, LA Emission Laboratory, ECOlogic, and California Environmental Engineering. He says some people have claimed that "we were paid off to do this." It is an assertion that he says is ridiculous, "because we have too much at stake. With the many government and state contracts we work on, we wouldn't jeopardize our reputation to phony up a test."

Tornado is a non-moving, turbine-shaped device, which creates a vortex or swirling effect to the engine. The result is improved airflow into the engine's combustion chamber, causing a more efficient mixture between air and fuel. The product takes only a few minutes to install and lasts the lifetime of a vehicle. Tornado comes with a limited lifetime warranty, and can pay for itself in about 6 months. It retails for an M.S.R.P. of $69.95.


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